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Govt fails to convince Church authorities on security at Old Goa

PANAJI: Even as novenas for the feast of St Francis Xavier begin and the IFFI 2011 kicks off, the controversy on security and traffic management at the two events refuses to blow over. Though the government has promised all security measures to the novenas and the feast Church authorities have not been convinced by the assurances.

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ATF tanker burnt in Dabolim bush fire

VASCO: A fire in dry grass at Alto-Dabolim engulfed an empty aviation turbine fuel (ATF) tanker that was parked in an open space, causing a loss of around `6 lakh. The incident on Wednesday burnt an area of around 1,000 sq m, creating panic among the residents.

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Failure to meet legal requirements puts brakes on Mapusa blood bank

PANAJI: Failure to comprehend the legal requirements of staff and other technicalities while starting the new blood bank facility at the North Goa District Hospital at Mapusa has "forced" the state health officials to temporary surrender licence of the blood bank of the Old Asilo Hospital and seek approval for operating a blood storage and distribution centre instead.

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Malaria workers call off strike

PANAJI: The striking malaria workers ended their fortnight-long hunger stir, on Wednesday, after the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, gave them a written assurance that they would be absorbed in government service within 60 days.

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Catholics protest over IFFI-St Xavier feast date clash

MARGAO: Over thousand of Catholics, under the banner of Save Old Goa Action Committee (SOGAC), on Wednesday, silently showed black flags to the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ms Ambika Soni, while she was moving to Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, the venue for IFFI inaugural ceremony.

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